Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 2:45 pm  |  21 responses

Who Came Out on Top?

Full breakdown and analysis of the 2011 Trade Deadline.

by Patrick Crawley / @BasketballFiend

The NBA trade deadline was crazier this year than Charlie Sheen on a 48-hour bender — and there were just as many bad decisions involved.

Twenty teams were involved in trades from Feb. 22-24. In total, 43 players were moved. Fifteen draft picks changed hands.

The Twitter fail whale was gainfully employed.

When the dust finally settled, the landscape of both conferences had changed significantly.

Let’s take a look at how the teams performed at deadline. Here they are, ranked 1-20.

20. Cleveland Cavaliers

Considering how lousy they’ve been this season, you’d think the Cavs would have been more careful with their assets – what few they have. Instead they were looser than a first-time Blackjack player five drinks deep. Hit on 20? Sure. Trade our best remaining asset for Baron Davis’ three-year, $42 million contract and a first round pick? Why not?!

Goodbye, Mo Williams.

The only reason Davis was playing well this season – and well is a matter of opinion – was Blake Griffin. Blake revitalized him, made him give a crap again. I doubt JJ Hickson will have the same effect.

Hope you guys like lazy defense and lousy shots in crunch time! (A.k.a. the Baron Davis Special.)

Trading a second rounder for Semih Erdan and Luke Harangody of the Celtics was a bad move too. The upside of pick No. 31 in the 2011 Draft is higher than either of those guys. Smarten up, Cavs.

19. Charlotte Bobcats

Like the Cavs, the ‘Cats moved their best trade chip for peanuts. Gerald Wallace for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham and two first round picks looks OK on paper. Then you remember this is a team that picked DJ Augustin over Brook Lopez in 2008 and used a lottery pick on Gerald Henderson a year later (when they already had a glut of swingmen).

Do you trust them to turn Portland’s (protected) picks into stars in 2011 and 2013? I sure don’t.

Wallace wasn’t going to lead the Bobcats to the promised land, but they didn’t have to give him away. This isn’t the Goodwill.

Stephen Jackson can’t be happy about this one.

18. Sacramento Kings

A year ago the Kings traded Kevin Martin – a 20-ppg scorer and one of the most efficient offensive players in the League – to the Rockets for Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey and Larry Hughes (from New York). At the time, it was considered an OK deal. Not great, but OK. Now that they’ve traded Landry to the Hornets, the only thing they have to show for it is Marcus Thornton (Dorsey and Hughes were cut long ago).

That’s awful — borderline unforgiveable. Thornton will be lucky to crack the rotation, let alone average 20 ppg.

I used to believe in Geoff Petrie (the Kings’ GM). I’m beyond that now.

I don’t care how much cap space you’ve saved, trading your best player for, essentially, a second round pick (Thornton was drafted 43rd overall in 2009) is terrible; just terrible (Charles Barkley voice). Why not just slap Kings fans in the face? It would’ve had the same effect.

17. Toronto Raptors

A first round pick for James Johnson? Oh well, at least now Reggie Evans has a sparring partner.

16. Houston Rockets

I used to think highly of Daryl Morey. Now I’m not so sure.

Granted, Aaron Brooks hasn’t been starting this season. Granted, his defense combined with Kevin Martin’s defense makes Houston’s backcourt a huge defensive liability. Granted, he’ll likely never have a season on par with ’09-10, when Brooks averaged 19.3 points and 5.3 assists per game. But will Goran Dragic really do any better? I doubt it.

Dragic is just as bad as Brooks on defense, and he’s had similar struggles this season from the field. At best, he’s a good backup point guard. Personally, I think Brooks’ ceiling is higher – not that either of them has a very high ceiling.

Trading Shane Battier for Hasheem Thabeet (arguably the biggest bust since Kwame Brown) was a curious move too. Does Morey see Thabeet as a possible replacement for Yao in the middle? I hope not, because that’s crazy talk. Cyndi Lauper.

Maybe Morey has something up his sleeve that I’m not seeing. If not, he has a lot to answer for. The moves he made this week were sub-par.

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  • http://google c_cantrell

    the thunder, of course, came out with the best of this years trade season

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^not the best players, but they are obviously the top winner in trades this year

  • dsleepy

    i was mad at danny ainge for making that trade, they WILL miss perk, believe it. at the same time, okc vs lakers is going to that much better now. that okc lineup you mentioned is defensively SOLID

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    Who came outon top? Well, certainly not me. I’m totally a bottom ;) . Smooches!

  • http://www.twitter.com/xpotatotitsx mersh

    in short, i think the thunder came out on top, the knicks came out in a closer 2nd, followed by the nuggets at 3, and all the other stuff blends into nothing for me…but the celtics definitely came out at the bottom of the heap after all of this. as a celtics fan myself, i just hope danny ainge has a good veteran or 2 to buy out in the works!

  • Patrick

    Trading Daniels, Erdah and Harangody opens up a few roster spots for Boston. Looks like Troy Murphy is headed their way. Maybe Leon Powe too (he was waived by the Cavs). I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some playing time for Avery Bradley as well. May turn out to be a positive.

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Remains to be seen how the Nets work out, all depends on whether Willaims signs up and who they bring in to help him. He can only average 9 assists a game if his teammates put the ball in the basket.

  • pwbrookyln

    played on espn radio

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Terrible Analysis. You seriously think the Hawks trades were better than 14 other teams? that is ridiculous. They traded the corpse of Mike Bibby for Kirk Heinrich who is limited in every way except defense. That alone make your recap worthless. And Carl Landry was the Kings best player? You have to be joking right. Cousins may be crazy but he can be just as effective of a player and Tyreke is definitely better and beyond that, do you really think Landry was going to resign with the Kings when he beomes a FA this summer. You are also sleeping on Thorton as a good 2 guard who can score without the ball. We also got quis. SMH

  • MikeC.

    “When Curry comes to town, everybody wins.” Except limo drivers.

  • MikeC.

    In that pic at the top, Williams’ mouth is smiling but his eyes look like he’s dead inside.

  • Patrick

    Haha. C’mon man. That limo driver was asking for it…

  • Groves

    undervaluing marcus thornton

  • paul

    I think you gave the Celtics too much credit. Danny Ainge seems to have gotten drunk with trade fever. The only way what he did could possibly make any sense would be if Shaq comes back and plays strong, motivated basketball for the rest of the season and playoffs. Does anyone really think that is going to happen?

    If it does, Ainge will look like a genius. If not, he will have made one of the worst moves in basketball history, ripping the defensive heart out of a team that might have been on the verge of a championship.

  • http://bassbesteck.wordpress.com Bassbesteck

    [in comic sans]I guarantee you that the cavs will win a title before that self-proclaimed King does[/in comic sans] ahahahahahaha

    and btw: i think the spurs should just give TD to the Celtics as a present, you know, so thatthey have the record for oldest centers/froncourt in the game… seriously, if Sheed comes back now, they should move to florida, you know, for the early bird specials and such… (terrible stereotyping)

  • RT Firefly

    The Nuggets came out the best. The Knicks will come out the worst in the NBA. The Nugs now have 10 hungry young guys who can start on any team.
    When the Knicks are six games under .500 and playing no D, and the Nuggets are rolling over folks, people in NY will want to hang Dolan. The Knicks have traded themselves into another salary cap problem with a losing team. Watch Stoudemire lose it as the season wears on. He’ll wish he had Gallo, Wes and Felton back.

  • Lazarus

    wow u nothing but a hater.

  • RT Firefly

    You spell that “you”.

  • Jono

    @RT Completely agree. Amar’e isn’t gonna lose it though, they’ll just play great offensive basketball, be a fun team to use on video games, sell-jerseys and get slaughtered by Antawn Jamison on defence every night. Gallinari might actually play like a borderline all-star!

  • Patrick

    Even with their age concerns I think the Celtics are still championship bound. They were mowing teams down even when Perkins was out (good teams like Miami, Orlando, LA). They’re better with Perkins but they’re not dead without him.

  • T Bone

    i have only read the 1st page of this so far… but this analysis is terrible! honestly, have you no idea about the value of expiring contracts, or opening up starting spots for players, or the idea of getting under the cap with the uncertainty of what will happen with the new cba????
    i hope the next 2 pages are better….